Tarvaris Jackson dies in a car accident at 36

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Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, a second-round pick of the Vikings in 2006, has died in a car accident. He was 36.

Jackson’s Camaro struck a tree on Sunday night causing the car to overturn. No other vehicles were involved.

Jackson played college football at Alabama State. He started twice as a rookie and 12 times in 2007. Jackson lost his starting job early in the 2008 season to Gus Frerotte. Jackson ended up back on the field in December after Frerotte was injured, and he played well enough to get the Vikings to the playoffs. Still, Jackson was supplanted in 2009 by Brett Favre.

Jackson stayed in Minnesota through 2010. He played for Seattle in 2011, starting 14 games. Jackson then spent 2012 with the Bills before returning to the Seahawks, winning a Super Bowl ring as a backup before ending his career after the 2015 season.

Most recently, Jackson served as quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State.

We extend our condolences to Jackson’s family, friends, teammates, and colleagues.

44 responses to “Tarvaris Jackson dies in a car accident at 36

  1. Way to young! RIP Mr. Jackson. Condolences to his friends and family. I wasn’t aware that his career was as successful as it was.

  2. Absolutely terrible. RIP T-Jax.

    Always heralded as an amazing locker room guy and teammate by Russell Wilson and every other Seahawk I ever saw speak about him. Gone WAY too soon.

  3. Tarvaris was a baller on the field who always gave 100 percent. And by all accounts he was a a great guy and a terrific teammate. The good die young. RIP Tarvaris — you will be missed.

  4. Damnit! So sad. Prayers for his family and a hope they are well taken care of. Such a horrible loss. RIP T-jack.

  5. Hard to find any good news these days. My sincere sympathy to Tavaris’ loved ones. May he rest in peace.

  6. Very sad to see this. While I was never a big fan of Jackson as a starting QB, he always came across as the consummate professional, and a very good teammate and person. He was a class act. Condolences to his family.

  7. So sad, RIP. He had so much potential. He’s one of those QB’s that I wonder how he would do in this age of football. Terrible loss.

  8. What a buzz kill, this stinks. I feel for his wife and 3 kids. Always thought he was drafted into a tough situation with the Vikes as a second rounder under Klink, and was glad he found success as a back-up to Russel Wilson winning a SB with the Hawks.

  9. zoso2k says:
    April 13, 2020 at 12:53 pm
    Why are people giving thumnbs down to RIP comments

    Some people are just terrible human beings

  10. The people who thumbs down condolences and RIP comments represent everything that’s wrong in this country today. You are sick people

  11. R.I.P. Prayers to his family. Not sure if he has kids but God bless them if he does. One of my biggest fears is not being here to raise my kids and teach my son how to be a good young man.

  12. That’s rough. I remember how excited a lot of us were when he was drafted. He was a reach but we thought Childress must know what he was doing. He didn’t. Sadly, TJack was in over his head and it wasn’t his fault. He handled it with class when in desperation Childress brought in Favre and he was benched. Despite that, Favre and Jackson had a great relationship. TJack really was placed in some difficult situations and handled it with dignity.

  13. Much too young to die. R.I.P. Tavaris Jackson and condolences to his family —

    Packers fan.

  14. By most accounts, he was held in high regard as a teammate. It was hard to fault him when the Vikings reached in the second of the draft and then proceeded to start him before he was ready. He might not be a franchise QB but if he were, the Vikings would have never drafted him.


  15. So sad. So much death these days. Way too young with so many things to look forward to. RIP.

  16. Thursday Night Football, 2011, Philadelphia at Seattle.

    Carroll’s 2nd year, one year prior to the arrival of Wilson. Seahawks entered the game 4-7– but we were coming on; it was clear.

    These were the Andy-Reid, Vince Young Eagles; the Seahawks win the game in a bracing fashion we would soon come to know as “Seahawks Football:”

    Marshawn Lynch: 22 rushes for 148; Young is picked 4 times, and TJack goes 16/19, for 190 yards and a TD; no INTs.

    We will never forget that night; We will never forget TJack-

    Rest In Peace, Tarvaris

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